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Whittaker will fight a top-five guy: White

AAP logoAAP 7/12/2016 Paul Johnson

UFC boss Dana White is long on the record as being a fan of Australian middleweight Robert Whittaker.

And now he wants to give Whittaker what he wants - a top-five middleweight to fight in the UFC's hometown, Las Vegas.

A win in the fight, which likely won't occur until 2017, would help the impressive Whittaker further push his claims for a shot at Briton Michael Bisping's middleweight belt.

"I'm a really big fan," White said of Whittaker on Fox Sports News 500.

"Actually the next move is, his next fight will be in (Las) Vegas. I'll bring him out to Vegas and he'll fight one of the guys in the top five."

Those guys in order are Dutchman Gegard Mousasi, former middleweight champ Chris Weidman, Brazilian Jacare Souza, another former champion, the injured Luke Rockhold and top-ranked Cuban Yoel Romero.

Then of course at the top of the pile is Bisping.

To get to the Brit, Whittaker, who is riding a six-fight win streak (five at middleweight), would have to win this fight and probably another but right now it seems anything is possible for the New Zealand-born fighter.

Most recently Whittaker destroyed American Derek Brunson with a brutal first round knockout at UFC Fight Night Melbourne on November 26.

Whittaker's left jab, right head-kick combo and subsequent punches put Brunson down one fight after Whittaker survived a broken hand to defeat Rafael Natal by unanimous decision in April.

The 25-year-old Whittaker's form has been impressive and there is plenty of opportunity but the most likely next bout is Mousasi.

Mousasi is riding a four-fight win streak and himself is coming off a win over another Whittaker victim, Uriah Hall, and their schedules align.

A fight between the two has already been mooted with both fighters keen on the choice.

"Yeah, definitely. He's on a winning streak," Mousasi said of Whittaker to London's Metro news in November.

"He's a guy I'm looking to fight to get closer to the title shot. That would be a good fight."

Whittaker is also on record as being keen on the fight.

"He's a top athlete, he's a top fighter, and he's a cool dude. If that's a fight the UFC wants, that's a fight they'll get," Whittaker said after his most recent win.

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